Marriage Ruling Obscures Larger Discrimination Issue

Marriage Ruling Obscures Larger Discrimination Issue

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ABSTRACT: This co-authored op-ed published in the wake of the California Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage argues that while this decision positively and importantly affects some queer lives, marriage alone cannot solve the problems plaguing queer communities. In fact, the ruling further marginalizes relationships and families that don’t conform to a lifelong, monogamous two-partner structure. This piece points out that most media stories about the ruling have erased queer voices that are critical of extending rights only to a privileged few. In contrast to further enshrining marriage as the goal for LGBT activists, we advocate the following: Instead of linking state benefits like health care, housing and welfare to marital privilege, they should be detached from marriage and available to all, regardless of marital or citizenship status. Rather than furthering the norm of two partners acting as a single economic childrearing unit, we argue for a movement that embraces multiple meanings of family, and recognizes that marriage and domestic partnership are not always optimal or desired choices. Finally, we believe we can better serve marginalized communities by fighting against all state regulation of sexual and gender choices, identities and expressions.

  • Categories:
    op-eds
  • Published:
    California Aggie. 20 May 2008
  • Co-authors:
    Toby Beauchamp, Steven Blevins, Cynthia Degnan, Benjamin D’Harlingue, Cathy Hannabach, Tristan Josephson, Christopher Lee, Liz Montegary, and Kara Thompson.